- What role does the Off Campus Student Life play in advocating for students?
The Office of Off Campus Student Life (OCSL) helps Loyola students understand their rights as tenants and what is involved in being responsible neighbors. Should students have the misfortune of renting from a neglectful or absentee landlord the Office of OCSL can contact the landlord in attempt to resolve the situation. If the matter requires legal action our office can assist in connecting students to agencies that specialize in residential legal matters.
- What is the jurisdiction of Campus Safety?
Loyola's Campus Safety jurisdiction borders Pratt Blvd. to the north, Glenwood Ave. to the west, Glenlake Ave. to the south, and Lake Michigan to the east.
- There are many properties available for rent in the Edgewater/ Roger’s Park Neighborhood. How can identify which properties are operated by reputable and responsible landlords?
ALWAYS view a property before signing a lease! The condition of the unit, the building and the grounds do speak to the level of service one can expect from the landlord. Also, conduct some investigative homework and talk to current Loyola students. Find out which students are satisfied with their landlord’s responsiveness and cooperation. The Illinois Tenant Unit can also offer advice as well as listing of bad landlords.
- What aspects of the apartment and apartment building should I evaluate when I visit a potential property?
- Check the water pressure in the shower, the bathroom and the kitchen.
- Make sure the lights within the unit work. Check the quality of lighting outside, especially by the entrances.
- The call box/ buzzer should be in working order. If it is in poor condition or broken this could be a real hassle if you live on the fourth floor.
- Make sure the windows are in good condition and have working locks; otherwise, it could indicate a security problem or a drafty apartment.
- Also check to make sure the smoke detectors are working properly.
- The hallways should also be clean and secure. Hallways that are not well lit, dirty, and paint is pealing off the wall are signs that the quality and safety of the property are poor.
- What should I do when I move in?
When you move into any new apartment, it may be useful to document the condition of the apartment and keep the documentation for your records in case of a dispute when you move out. Photographs or video records are easy to create. Remember to also document the date that the images are taken, such as holding up the daily newspaper in one of your shots so that the date is readable.
- Do I really need renter’s insurance?
Your landlord's policy does not cover any of your belongings. You must purchase renter's insurance to cover losses if any of your possessions (such as your laptop, CDs, clothes, or furniture) are lost due to theft or destruction.
Basic renter's insurance often includes protection for you in case someone is hurt in your home. Check with your insurance company, as policies and coverage differ.
Check with your parents to see if you're covered under their insurance policy. Students are typically covered under their parents' policy when living in campus housing, but are not covered when living off campus.
Renter's insurance is relatively inexpensive considering the protection it provides for you. Most insurance providers offer free quotes for renter's insurance online.
- What steps can I take towards getting to know my neighbors and developing a cordial and respectful relationship?
- Take the initiative and go introduce yourself to your neighbors –not just the ones in your building but adjacent buildings as well and across the street. Feel free to ask your landlord to introduce you to some of your new neighbors. You will want to ask what their schedules are like and if they have children. Ask if there is anything in particular they would like you to keep in mind or of which they would like you to respect.
- Also, exchange phone numbers and emails.
- After social gatherings clean up any trash outside the property. Even if it is not caused by your friends your neighbors will likely attribute to you or other Loyola students in the building.
- If you have time make the effort to do something nice to help out your neighbors. For example, ask your roommates to help you shovel the drive of an elderly or busy neighbor.
- The idea is to develop a cordial relationship so that if concerns arise your neighbors will take it up with you directly instead of through the university, campus police or the Chicago Police Department. These individuals come together to make up the rich fabric of the surrounding neighborhoods, and Loyola students must be mindful of these individuals and their rights while they are living off campus.
- What are typical areas of concern that neighbors have with Loyola students living off campus?
Loud, large groups of students, gathering outside the building. It may only be ten students, but the noise level is disturbing the peace. If you have a social gathering it is wise to keep your guests inside.
Damage to their property (lawns, flowerbeds, trash left behind in neighbor’s lawns, etc.). While these things may not be the result of you or your roommates, take steps to make sure your guests are not contributing to these issues.
Loud music from an apartment at late hours (after 10:00 p.m.)
- Underclassmen are loitering outside of my building creating the impression to neighbors that there is a party taking place in our building. How do I resolve this issue?
The concerns of the neighbors listed above are often the result of uninvited underclassmen who roam the streets in large groups in search of a party. Neighbors are unable to differentiate these underclassmen from the invited guests. The best step you can take is to call campus police and inform them that you have uninvited guests gathering outside your building. Stay on the line and provide the dispatcher with all the information they need. Campus police will arrive and help dismiss the group.